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The Pope gets the Twitter Bug

Pope Benedict XVI decides to start Tweeting!

It looks like the Pope is sick of all the fake accounts that are Tweeting on his behalf, so much so that the actual Pope is actually going to get with the times and start Tweeting! Less than a month after reports of Pope Benedict XVI debating a username, the 85-year-old has officially signed on to the micro-blogging service.

Using the personal handle @Pontifex, Benedict will Tweet in eight languages (eight languages is just showing off), starting on the 12th December and plans to answer questions about faith from those who use the hash tag #AskPontifex. Just 24 hours after the announcement, the Pope has already more than 350,000 followers on his English account, I'm not jealous what so ever!!

A press release from the Vatican said "The Pope's presence on Twitter is a concrete expression of his conviction that the Church must be present in the digital arena… This initiative is best understood in the context of his reflections on the importance of the cultural space that has been brought into being by the new technologies."

Twitter members include a number of spiritual and religious, including the Dalai Lama, who joined in 2009. Next week's session will make history, but this is not the Pope’s first ever Tweet, in fact it is the second-ever Tweet Benedict has sent. He first posted a message in June 2011 in an effort to help promote the Vatican's new website